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v. lev·ied, lev·y·ing, lev·ies
a. To impose (a tax or fine, for example) on someone.
b. To impose a tax, fine, or other punishment on (a person or business).
2. To enlist or conscript into military service: levy recruits.
3. To declare and wage (a war).
To confiscate property, especially in accordance with a legal judgment.
n. pl. lev·ies
1. The act or process of levying.
2. Money, property, or troops levied.
[Middle English levien, from leve, levy, tax, from Old French levee, from feminine past participle of lever, to raise; see lever.]
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lev•i•er(ˈlɛv i ər)
a person who levies.
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